Wanting to streamline the time I spend on the computer I have combined both a website and a blog at a new address. I hope you will visit and bookmark ckingpainting new website. This blog will stay up for awhile although I will only be posting on my new website. Hopefully this will mean more time with a paint brush and less time on the computer!
You can see who is the star - Loretta! I took my painting of an American Goldfinch outside to photograph in natural light and Loretta kept getting in the way. She is a "looker" so I switched to trying to catch her in just the ride pose for a painting. This isn't it but I don't want to give a hint to the one I will use to paint from...painting to come soon!
My painting, Family Reunion (30"x40"), had been waiting to be delivered and hung for what seemed like a long time. Trying to coordinate our schedules finally worked and this weekend we helped hang it and enjoyed a wonderful visit with two art collectors (and new collectors of my work!) in the Berkshires. I will miss the painting hanging here but think it looks great in their home!
Farm Art, Brattleboro begins tonight with a reception at The Works Cafe. Paintings will be at The Marina, The Works Cafe and A Candle in the Night through June. I have work hanging in The Marina and The Works Cafe. Two of the three shows are hung, heading out this afternoon to hang The Works Cafe. Wonderful to see how the eleven artists express their farm art related work. Land, animals, gardens, and some farm vehicles are the subjects this year. Watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage and photography. Strolling of the Heifers parade is Saturday and tomorrow night for Brattleboro's Gallery lots of SOTH happenings plus lots of art all over town.
This is a new chicken painting that is part of the Farm Art show. I have painted this type of chicken before and usually call the painting Bad Hair Day. Changed to Good Hair Day for this painting because I am thinking these Polish chickens should be proud of what's going on with their hair!
A fun commission this past winter was to paint two special penguins, a National Georgaphic cruise ship and a flying pig. This is how we put it all together. "We" because these commissions take a lot of planning and thought along the way. Cool that I get to study new animals.
Gentoo penguins, cruise ship and flying pig for Ellen and Neil, April 2012
This is the first chicken posting for my A Chicken Painting Every Day blog. Thought it would be fun to see how many paintings of chickens from the last few years I could come up with to post and remember. And I am always doing new ones. If you'd like to check them out I have a blog for this and one posting so far - Matt's Chicken below.
I always enjoy painting commissions. Often I will paint peoples pets but sometimes I get requests to paint other animals. Here is one of two Brown Swiss that collectors of my work wanted done specifically. They had watched these two cows grow up at the farm next to their Vermont home and thought a painting would be nice. Below is from the original blog post almost two years ago.
The Beatles - With A Little Help From My Friends
Do you need anybody
I just need someone to love
Could it be anybody
I want somebody to love
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, Gonna try with a little help from my friends
Oh, I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes, I get by with a little help from my friends,
with a little help from my friends
This song was in my head most of the time I worked on this painting of Brown Swiss cows. My conclusion is that the songs true meaning is - best part of friendship is to have someone you feel comfortable enough to help you relieve an itch!
Continuing to repost some older posts below are a couple more.
At a fall show in Woodstock CT Pam from Maine (way up north in Maine) bought my painting of sheep that I had brought to the show newly finished. I packed the painting so well for her knowing how far it was to travel home that I wasn't thinking to check for signatures. Monday morning Pam emailed...no signature. I couldn't believe it because I am trying to check carefully when selling or delivering to galleries knowing that I had forgotten this before. I could tell how hard she scrutinized this painting for any signature and it just wasn't there. Instead of letting this go we made a date and each of us drove a few hours to meet. It was cold and windy but no snow so I took out my paints and signed away in the parking lot. Just received these photos from Pam of the two of us with her new painting and how it hangs in her home is below. Sorry about that Pam and thanks for understanding and sending photos. Update - I haven't forgotten to sign any paintings since this one. But I can now say I have forgotten to sign paintings that went to four different states and all have been remedied.
A collector from New Jersey last may sent me this photo of three paintings in her home.
For a couple of years now at just about every outdoor festival or gallery show I look up to see these folks stopping by. They have two paintings, one of which is a portrait of their most wonderful little guy.
These folks from Pennsylvania stopped by and I took a photo with one of their new paintings.
Changing blogs I deleted many blog entries (a couple of years of them) and I thought it would be nice to have some back. I realized too late I could have backed up the blog before I changed so I could have gone back to it. Luckily though I did copy most of the blog to a personal file before deleting. Here are a two that make me smile remembering.
This is Jengo who has retired from Brooklyn to Vermont with his sister Zuzu. Jengo doesn't seem to need to much sleep, mostly he likes to be either petted or on the move exploring everywhere - day and night! Update - this was over a year ago not long after the two cats came to live here...nothing has changed with Jengo and his night time excitement. It isn't every night I am happy to say but we have had some memorable nocturnal happenings with him!
A visit to to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with Emily and Molly (two of my five granddaughters). The new America's wing (although not the pictures here) is wonderful.
Two new paintings of roosters from South Newfane. I have six hens and no roosters. After having chickens for a couple of years I feel a bit of confidence and now wish I had a rooster. But I want the nice rooster, the one on the right above. He lived through a fox attack and was nursed back to health. Now he lives in a protected area with two hens and seems very content even though he doesn't get to free range.
Have been posting a lot of chickens lately so I thoughts some goats would be good today. I often get asked how I texture paintings like this one is. Texturing is a process I do before I start painting along with using thicker paints. The finished painting is quite different than a painting done on a canvas. I think about my subject and my vision for the finished painting to choose to texture or not.
Time to get my blog going again. Had considered other blogs or not doing a blog and decided that I had things to share especially as so many exhibits and outdoor shows are coming up soon .
A new rooster painting that I am just about done with and wanted to show today because I named it in memory of Maurice Sendak. I listened to an interview with him in the studio today with Robin Young from 2006. They talked about childhood and why he was so frank and honest about scary things in the children's books he wrote and I think this rooster could of said those things.